Sunday, August 23, 2009

A Tale of Two Tales

Summer vacation means trashy books, right? So I brought two thick, trashy ones with me on my trip to Oregon. Turns out, one was good trash and the other was bad trash.

The first, Sushi for Beginners by Marian Keyes, was a light, quick read -- funny with an interesting plot. I zoomed through it and enjoyed it, except for the too-pat, rushed happy ending.

The bad trash was Hello, Darkness by Sandra Brown. Though the author is from Texas and this book was set in Austin, it didn't capture the atmosphere at all. The main point of the book seems to be gratuitous violence, soft porn, and nasty talk. Not that I'm against bad words, sex, or violence in a thriller, but this was exceedingly poorly written. Most of us could write this in a week. Just think: we could be rich from it!

The bestseller list is so absurd.


  1. "Just think: we could be rich from it!"

    Yes, but would we be proud of it?

  2. I think I could forgo some pride for a big royalty check!